United Church of Christ endorses gay marriage
That's right. The intolerant, hate-filled, supposed "Christians" that are the theocons do not have a monopoly on religious faith in America.
The United Church of Christ (UCC) has become the largest denomination to endorse gay marriage. And in Atlanta, no less! The decision was nearly unanimous.
The committee also voted against adopting a resolution declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman.
If the General Synod approves this as is, they expect there may be individuals or entire congregations that may pull out of the church. Several committee members asked that any dissenters be treated with respect and that their feelings be honored. UCC congregations are autonomous, however, so no one group has to follow it.
Anyone familiar with the issue of gay rights and religion knows that the UCC has long supported gays/lesbians. In the 1970s, the UCC became the first major Christian church to ordain an openly gay minister, something many other Christian denominations are unwilling to do even today. The UCC even declared itself to be "open and affirming" of gays and lesbians twenty years ago.